George Bowers Sr.: Salt’s preserving influence
December 2, 2016
Today marks the end of another rifle season for deer here in the Shenandoah Valley. Although there is a late muzzleloading season yet to come, if a deer has escaped his hunters thus far, he has fairly good odds of surviving another year if he can avoid the automobiles in the meantime.
James Pinsky: Teamwork is essential among conservationists
December 1, 2016
Being alone can be useful. It’s certainly cheaper.
Tom Crosby: 2017 Kia Sorento SXL has luxury in abundance
December 1, 2016
Kia’s Sorento, a big mid-size crossover SUV that received a major makeover last year, has added technological advances and safety features this year to help boost sales in a red-hot SUV sales market fueled by yearlong low gas prices.
George Bowers Sr.: How to avoid head-on collisions
November 25, 2016
Although my grandfather, Beecher Bowers, died when I was fairly young, I was fortunate to have heard some of his stories before he passed away.
James Pinsky: Wild turkey comeback a conservation success story
November 24, 2016
I understand you may have had more than your fair share of the fine-feathered family feast fowl. And, while gluttony may be the word best associated with most gobbler-gorged guts today, it wasn’t too long ago the mere sight of a turkey truly was an occasion for giving thanks.
George Bowers Sr.: Gifts should cause us to thank the giver
November 18, 2016
One Christmas, many years ago, I received a very special gift. As I was preparing for four years at Virginia Tech, I opened a package that contained a beautiful orange and maroon comforter with cross-stitched university symbols sewn into it. My parents and siblings had worked on this project secretly for several months and I was pleasantly surprised. I toted that love-spun blanket back and forth throughout those college years and it kept me warm and cozy numerous cold nights in Blacksburg.
James Pinsky: The humanity of nature
November 17, 2016
Sometimes nature is the only place we can find humanity.
Peter Brookes: Saluting veterans with stripers
November 16, 2016
“Hey, Sweetie,” my wife yelled giggling from our kitchen down the hall, “You that know this flyer you gave me says ‘Stars and Stripers,’ not ‘Stars and Strippers’, right?”
George A. Bowers: Be sure to enlist a dependable guide
November 11, 2016
Every fall, I enjoy watching the sun rise from my treestand. Although I haven’t been privileged to drag anything out yet, I delight in every opportunity to drink in the beauty of the autumn woodlands.
James Pinsky: Thank you for allowing me to share passion about natural resources
November 11, 2016
I have started, erased and restarted this week’s column about a hundred times.
George A. Bowers Sr.: What’s a Christian to do?
November 4, 2016
As we approach Election Day next Tuesday, many Christians are discouraged about our two options for president. Neither candidate reflects the beliefs that most of us could enthusiastically support. Faced with this dilemma, some are considering sitting out this trip to the polls and simply not voting at all. Let me share with you how I came to my decision to do otherwise.
James Pinsky: A great leader gets people to do the greatest things
November 3, 2016
Saving the world is hard. But it’s possible.
George Bowers Sr.: Spouses impact each other significantly
October 28, 2016
Almost a year ago now, Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik ruthlessly massacred 14 of their fellow human beings and seriously injured 22 more in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Many of us watched this horrific drama play out on our televisions as the perpetrators were pursued and eventually killed by police. Radical Islam deeply wounded our nation yet again and inflicted brutal suffering on innocent friends enjoying their employee Christmas celebration.
Jason Wright: Pitstop sparks unlikely friendship
October 28, 2016
Emily Farmer and McEwan “Mac” Voorhees don’t have much in common.
James Pinsky: We vote everyday to support, neglect our future
October 27, 2016
In a few weeks, there’s a pretty big election.
Tom Crosby: 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup improves with redesign
October 26, 2016
Driving a pickup truck usually means a lot of jounce over road bumps and handling that doesn’t quite measure up to a sedan.
George Bowers Sr.: The leaves of love
October 21, 2016
As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, the trees begin to take on a new glory all their own. From the brilliant red dogwoods and gums to the yellow hickories and poplars to the fiery orange sassafras and maples, the woodlands become God’s palette of perfection. We can be thankful not just for the brilliant fall colors, but also for the ability to see and comprehend this divine artwork as well. Imagine what joy we would miss if we had no vision or if it were limited, like our old TVs, to black and white.
James Pinsky: Keeping ourselves in hot water
October 20, 2016
I find myself in hot water often.
George Bowers Sr.: Celebrate Family Promise Week!
October 14, 2016
Colorful leaves and cooler temperatures both remind us that the warm days of summer are in our rearview mirror for another several months. Crisp nights make us appreciate our warm beds and comfortably heated homes.
James Pinsky: Quenching our economy’s thirst
October 13, 2016
Water’s a pretty big deal.